Senitt killer sentenced

November 30, 2006

On Nov. 15, a 15-year-old involved in the murder of Alan Senitt was sentenced to juvenile custody until he turns 21, according to a spokesperson for the D.C. attorney general.

The sentence was the result of a plea bargain, said Traci Hughes, the spokesperson. Senitt, 27, was an aspiring British politician, according to the Washington Post.

His murder in a robbery attempt on Q Street NW last July sparked concerns over crime in Georgetown.

The teenager pleaded guilty in August to charges of felony murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, armed robbery and theft, according to the Washington Post. Hughes declined to comment on the decision to try the defendant as a juvenile.

The teenager is the first suspect in the murder to be tried. Christopher Piper, 26, Jeffrey Rice, 23 and Olivia Miles, 27, await trial, the Post reported.

“In the District of Columbia, if a crime is committed by a juvenile, it’s kicked over to our office,” Hughes said. Because the crime also involved adult defendants, however, the attorney general’s office worked with the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia’s office, which normally handles crime in the District.

The defendant’s lawyer, Geoffrey Harris, declined to comment.

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